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Photo: South and North Twins (courtesy Tony Daffern)

North Twin Peak

  • 3730 m (12,238ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.2239N -117.434W
Located in the upper Athabasca River Valley adjacent to the northeastern part of the Columbia Icefield

Range: Winston Churchill
Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Major Valley: Athabasca
Ascent Date: 1923
Ascent Party: W.S. Ladd, J. Monroe Thorington
Ascent Guide: Conrad Kain
Year Named: 1898
Named by: J. Norman Collie and Hugh M. Stutfield
Named for: "The Twins" is a double headed mountain, the northern one known as North Twin Peak and southern as "South Twin Peak."

"When approached from the Columbia Icefield, The Twins present gentle snow and ice climbs. North Twin is, in fact, a popular ski ascent. To the north however, the North Twin drops vertically for over 1500 metres towards the Athabasca River. This face is world renowned amongst climbers." -Courtesy Chic Scott

James Outram wrote of these peaks, "Toward the north, above a sharp depression and beyond a magnificent cirque of rock and glacier that separates them from Mount Columbia, were the Twins, the loftier pure white and its brother darkly impressive."

North Twin is the highest mountain entirely in Alberta and the third highest in the Canadian Rockies.

See: South Twin Peak.

See: Twins Tower.

Photo: North Twin Peak, with Twins Tower at right, from the north on Mount Woolley (courtesy Paul Russell)

Looking southeast to (l-r) North Twin Peak, Twins Tower below at right, and South Twin Peak from the Athabasca Valley (courtesy Don Beers)

Looking west to North Twin Peak (left) and Twins Tower from Nigel Peak (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking south to North Twin (Twins Tower at right) (courtesy www.barryblanchard.ca)

Looking south to (l-r) North Twin Peak, Twins Tower, South Twin Peak (courtesy www.barryblanchard.ca)